This week, TAG Heuer launched a new version of its GMT dive-style watch that exudes the aesthetic of another very popular GMT watch — for a fraction of the price.
The 2020 Aquaracer GMT comes in a 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a blue horizontal patterned dial that features a blue sunray brushed finish. Being that it’s a GMT, the bezel rotates bi-directionally (not unidirectional like a true dive watch). The bezel is stainless steel with a black and blue colored 24-hour aluminum insert (as opposed to a 0-60 dive time bezel) to track a second-time zone when paired with the blued arrowed-shaped central GMT hand.
Driving the hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT functions is an automatic 4Hz outsourced Swiss movement with 46 hours of power reserve, which is reliable and helps keep the cost down as opposed to the company’s Carrera GMT — which features an in-house movement — which costs $6,150 (or about double).
As you may know, the black and blue bezel has been made famous by Rolex’s GMT-Master II “Batman” watch, however, the TAG version is less than a third of the price, and uniquely has a blue dial with the horizontal motif, and crucially, is actually readily available for purchase.
The screwed caseback is solid and the crown is of the screw-down variety, with an embossed TAG Heuer emblem. Being that this is an Aquaracer, the depth rating is 300 meters. This is a formidable offering in the GMT sports watch category. Retail is $3,050.
Photos by TAG Heuer.